Season 2 of Westworld premieres on HBO this Sunday, and Ed Harris reveals that we're going to see a different version of the Man in Black than the one we saw in Season 1. The actor said as much as he could about the new season of the wildly popular show without spoiling anything, which has been a big deal with show creators Lisa Joy and Jonathon Nolan. Nolan recently thought about spoiling the whole second season online for fans desperate enough to learn the new storyline.
Reviews have started to pile in since the first 5 episodes are available for press, but they've all generally been pretty much spoiler-free. However, Ed Harris has decided to share some more in-depth information about the Man in Black and his motives in Westworld Season 2. The Man in Black was a menacing character in the first season, a mysterious villain amongst many villains in the show with alternating timelines adding to the confusion but making for a satisfying viewing of the season as a whole.
After taking a bullet at the end of the first season of Westworld, Ed Harris is back as the Man in Black. But this time, he's on a different sort of mission than the first time around. Harris reveals that the character is more of a good guy in these latest episodes, which will be interesting to see. He had this to say.
"I see him as a protagonist actually, yes. Particularly this season. The maze is... history. He's on a whole other track this year, and I think the track that he's on definitely makes him a protagonist. I'm worried about Season 3, to tell you the truth."
While the Man in Black is very much a mysterious character in the first season of Westworld, the character is fleshed out more in the second season. We start to see his motivations and why he feels so strongly about the park and the company. Ed Harris promises that the Man in Black "becomes less mysterious" this time around. Harris adds that, "We learn more about him," and that the Season 2 goal is, to "Make amends." This is a far cry from the character that we saw in the debut season of the hit HBO show.
Westworld Season 2 has a lot of explaining to do, which it does a pretty good job of in the first few episodes. Ed Harris was pretty careful about not spoiling anything, but revealing the intentions of the Man in Black this time around is pretty big news. Which begs the question: who's the real antagonist this time around? That will be solved within the first half of the debut episode, which airs on this Sunday, April 22nd on HBO. You can read the rest of the interview with Ed Harris and his thoughts on the Man in Black's story at Indiewire.